If you've been on board with us since mid-2014, you'll remember I used to do a segment called Bandcamp Buried Treasure. I'd hunt down records for a "Buy It Now/Free Download" price on Bandcamp and post up a brief article about one of my finds every Friday. It was a lot of fun, but ultimately the rules of the feature became too constricting for me to consistently talk about music I only had the utmost faith in.
Now I've got a way around that. Here's how the new segment works!
- This feature is published at the end of every month and aims to turn you on to albums that came out this year you might have missed or didn't know about (hence the title).
- The albums are not specifically "Buy It Now/Free Download" as they were in the previous feature. Get ready to throw your money at your screen!
- Each entry will include either a full album stream or a great song off an artist's new record, depending on what's available.
- If you don't see an album you enjoy from this year on the list, let me know I should listen to it! If it's not out by today, then I purposefully didn't include it this time around. These are only albums that came out between January 1, 2015, and today's date.
Angellore – La Litanie des Cendres
Angellore's music has a very cinematic, light and airy quality to it. As if this were a holier-sounding answer to the usual downtrodden, depressing nature of doom metal. To put it simply, La Litanie des Cendres feels like a slow motion choral mass where the priest happened to have a few distortion pedals sitting behind the altar and one of the choirboys happened to play in a death metal band.
VI – De Praestigiis Angelorum
If a tornado on fire that was constantly spitting out the blackened souls of the damned at high speeds had a soundtrack, De Praestigiis Angelorum would unquestionably be it. VI's latest effort is stocked with furiously played riffs, dizzying drumming and vocals that seem to herald the end of times more than anything else. Go grab a night light, because this one gets dark.
Shrine Of Insanabilis – Disciples Of The Void
Speaking of incredibly quick-paces music! Shrine Of Insanabilis has crafted a record that utilizes a lot of crusty riffs that beckon you down to the next level of hell, though that next step is a whole lot more blasting and tremolo-picked insanity than it is the grooviness of its previous level. Disciples Of The Void is what I'd imagine would happen if Behemoth and 1349 got together for a jam.
Windfaerer – Tenebrosum
Windfaerer's biography states that its music is "inspired by black metal and folkloric atmospheres," and there's nothing else I can add to make that statement any more true. This is what would happen if Ne Obliviscaris toned down the progressive nature of its tunes and concentrated more on a concise, heavy music instead. Without losing the impeccable songwriting and excellent riffs, of course.
Concertina – Concertina
I'm a sucker for a good stoner rock type band and Concertina brings that sound to the table in heaps. The thing I love about Concertina is that it employs the typical yelled vocals and fat grooves of a lot of its contemporaries, yet sets itself apart in that every single one of these songs will be stuck in your head. Memorability and killer riffs? How are you not all over this?
Tyranny – Aeons In Tectonic Interment
Tyranny's Aeons In Tectonic Interment is such an aptly titled record. The band's music moves at a pace that captures the feeling of aeons slowly, painfully passing as you sit in your earthen grave waiting out the days. Tyranny creates a starless and frozen atmosphere that leaves your body to turn to dust as the band slowly, consistently grinds away at your sanity one beat per hour.
Skepticism – Ordeal
On the flip side of the lightness of Angellore's particular brand of doom is Skepticism's Ordeal, which reads more like a funeral mass for an entire planet. With a droning organ, vocals that seem to come from the subterranean depths and a band that backs up these eulogies like a devilish crowd in mourning, Skepticism conjures up a fog-heavy atmosphere that's simply oppressive.
After Earth – In The Shadow Of Destiny
After all that doom, let's end this on a completely different note- blackened melodic death metal from Canada! After Earth's In The Shadow Of Destiny is so easy to get lost in that it's almost unfair. The album twists and turns through classic Gothernburg-sound riffs, unearths blackened death metal ala Dissection and isn't afraid to touch on a soaring chorus. What more do you want?
Want more? Check out previous posts!
- 8 Albums You Probably Missed So Far In 2015: August Edition
- 6 Albums You Probably Missed So Far In 2015: July Edition
- 7 Albums You Probably Missed So Far In 2015: June Edition
- 6 Albums You Probably Missed So Far In 2015: May Edition
- 7 Albums You Probably Missed So Far In 2015: April Edition
- 11 Albums You Probably Missed So Far In 2015: The First Edition
Until next time!